At least two coach services were operating between Simonstown
and Cape Town via Wynberg during 1835 and 1845. One owned by Thomas
Thorne and partner I. Upjohn and another by the Moore family. In
1838 Thorne and Upjohn introduced a daily, no-stop trip between
Cape Town and Wynberg, covering the 13 km trip in one hour.
A year later they sold the contract to Abiam Tubb, who later sold
to the Moore family.
A rival transport company was set up by Thomas Cutting and William
Boyce, operating from their head-quarters in Durban Road, Wynberg.
After two years of competition they amalgamated with Moore and monopolised
this business for the next fifteen years.
Did you know...
... the first gravelled road in Wynberg was
finished in 1840. It reached from the Dutch Church in
Wynberg Village to the Simonstown road.
The Wynberg Railway
The Wynberg railway line was officially opened on 19 December
1864 after many years of negotiations between local business men and
the Cape Gouvernment, planning and construction. The line connected Wynberg to Cape Town,
with stations in Claremont, Rondebosch and Mowbray. In the beginning there were nine trains a day between 6:45am and 6:10pm and none on Sundays.
This line was later extended and now reaches
beyond Wynberg to reach Simonstown.
Did you know...
... the train service of Cape Town were extended to Wynberg in the 1890's.
In June 1928 the electrification of the line to Wynberg was completed. This new cleaner service incorporated central corridor suburban coaches and combined with improved timetables and lower fares made the train service very popular.